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  • Step 1

    Decide on the factors affecting your decision and list them in the first column below

  • Step 2

    Weight the factors affecting your decision. The higher the number you enter, the more important the factor

  • Step 3

    List all of your possible options. These are the potential answers to your question

  • Step 4

    Give each option a score against every factor to produce your very own Weighted Decision

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How to use the weighted decision matrix

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The first thing to consider is obvious – what’s the decision you need to make!  It could be something simple or more fundamental, it really doesn’t matter, the decision matrix will cope with either scenario.  We like to use it for big family decisions such as where to go on holiday or what sort of car do we get next.  You can all look at the screen, decide on the factors involved and then debate the scores and when you do that all angles are covered.  Coming soon, you’ll be able to save the decision you reached and send it to your friends and family via email, Facebook or Twitter!  So, what to do…

1. As above, choose the question to answer, double click on the “Type your question here” cell and type it in

2. Next you need to decide on the factors involved in the decision you are making.  When considering the question think Who, When, Why, What and How to prompt you to think of everything you need to.  Look at our example on the home page to get you started.

3. Now you need to weight the factors you settled on in 2.  It’s easiest to do this by giving the most important factor a value of 5 and the least important a value of 1.  It’s important to do this but if you really can’t decide on the order it is okay to give two factors a weighting that is the same.  We don’t recommend it as you are less likely to get a clear result but hey, that’s up to you.

4. List all of your possible options on the options row next, any order you like.

5. The final step is to score all of your options out of 5 or 10 or even a hundred against all of the different factors.  So option A may score a 5 for the first factor but only a 1 for the second but both could end up with the same weighted score depending on how you set up the weightings in step 3.  Confused?  Just have a go and it will all become clear.

We will be making a video to show all of this shortly so don’t forget to come back soon to check it out but if you get really stuck you can tweet us or ask a question on Facebook as well.  Have fun!

Weighted Decision Making Matrix Tool

You can use a weighted decision matrix to choose between different options.  The image below shows how it can be used to choose where to go on holiday.

Use our free weighted decision making tools and templates to help you decide what to do!

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Using Decision Making Strategies To Motivate You To Lose Weight

Motivation is one of the keys to achieving your goals in life. This is also true with weight loss. If you are not motivated, it would be impossible to shed those unwanted pounds. Knowing the right decision-making strategies will motivate you to lose weight. How? Read on and you’ll find out.

Most of today’s weight loss programs are difficult to follow especially over the long term. However, if you are determined to lose weight, it is important that you stick to the program and introduce changes in your lifestyle for the long term. Dieting is not a permanent solution, and in fact, it is a temporary way of fixing problems. It is very common for people to become de-motivated and frustrated when they are losing weight especially if they failed several times.

You should be motivated enough to carry out the weight loss program of your choice. Try to be prepared and embrace the lifestyle changes that you have to make, so you can have a healthier life and lifelong weight loss effects.

Your decision-making strategies can be used to achieve your fitness goals. How can this be done? It is quite simple. You are aware that there are many options and approaches when it comes to losing weight. You can follow a weight loss program, you can prepare healthier meals, and you can follow a meal plan, join the local fitness center/gym, and many others. Oftentimes, your weight loss efforts consist of proper diet and regular exercise. You must decide on the best option that works for you, and one that you enjoy doing. There is no sense in following a weight loss program that you don’t like because you will not be motivated.

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When you force the body to embrace the changes you’ve made, you will only fail in your efforts to lose weight. Instead, you have to introduce the changes little by little, and you must be determined to stick to a healthier lifestyle. Otherwise, you will fail and gain back the lost pounds quickly.

Making decisions can be tough especially if it involves drastic changes in your lifestyle. However, living a healthier life has its benefits. When you make a decision, you must stick to it. Having the right attitude also counts. Your health is your responsibility, so you should also be the one to decide if you want to lose weight. Your family or friends can’t make the decision for you, only YOU have the final say.

After making the decision to start with a weight loss program, you should also choose to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and all ‘junk’ foods. Losing weight means regular exercise and a well-balanced diet. It takes time to shed unwanted pounds, so don’t rush. This is a common mistake a lot of people make. You can’t rush your body to get used to the changes. Aside from the decision-making strategies, you can also motivate yourself by hanging out with like-minded people and getting the support of your family.

Author Bio:

Rod Devreese is a content specialist for Rating Diet Plans, he provides informative health, diet, and weight loss articles.

What is a weighted decision matrix?

The Weighted Decision Matrix is a very simple tool designed to help anybody make a decision (e.g. where shall I go on holiday?) by breaking it down into the multiple factors that must be considered (e.g. France, Spain, USA).  Those factors are then weighted in order of importance so that the most important factor has the most bearing on the result obtained.  The potential options (e.g. Cost, Weather, Things to do) are all scored against the factors being considered, the tool then calculates a score taking into account the weightings and a decision is reached which will rank the options in order of importance.  This example is worked through below and the scores represent our opinion and not fact!  The weighted decision matrix was invented by Stuart Pugh.